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before the midterm election. robert kennedy is meeting in his office with the soviet ambassador trying to work out the deals privately about this. word just came to kennedy in the oval office that an american sur valance plane, the pentagon told him a surveillance plane may have been shot down. kennedy has the recorder rolling, gets on phone, and talking to bobby kennedy, and kennedy, at this point, thinks, okay, we think a plane is shot down. now, what do we do? he's going through, you know, do air strikes? thinking about all these things about the political pressure to be faced with when this comes out, and so it's one of those remarkable moments you get to hear a president in realtime struggling through, okay, now what do we do? do we, you know, retaliate? send our planes over, nox out the airfields? something like that? it would have reinflamed the crisis. it was a false alarm. they scrambled, but they had not shot down the plane. you get windows and remarkable sense of what kennedy is facing, and this is a week after the 13 days. you get a sense of how close military action was du
documents. the day before the midterm election robert kennedy meeting in his office they're trying to work out the deals privately that an american surveillance plan the pentagon has just told them an american surveillance plan has been shot down over cuba. kennedy has the tape recording will and he gets on the phone and talks to bobby kennedy while he is still in the room and kennedy at this point is thinking okay the plan has been shot down now what do we do. do we do air strikes and the political pressure when this comes out so it is more or less a remarkable moment that you get to hear the president in real time struggling through okay now what do we do. dewey retaliate and said no plans over and bachelder fields or something like that that would redefine the crisis it was a false alarm they had to scramble to but they have shot down an american plane but you get to these windows and get a remarkable sense of what kennedy is facing and you get a sense of how close military action was in this period. >> host: kennedy was acutely fearful of escalation of how future generations would look
on there in the tapes that don't show up in any other documents. it's the day before the midterm election. robert kennedy in a meeting in his office with anatoly, the soviet ambassador trying to work out privately about this. ford has just come to kennedy in the oval office that an american surveillance plane has been shot down or may have been shot down over cuba. kennedy has the tape recorded roll and he gets on the phone and talk to bobby kennedy while he is still in the room. kennedy at this point is thinking okay we think the plane has been shot down. now what do we do? and he is going through, do we do airstrikes and these thinking about the political pressure he will be faced with when this comes out so that they are these remarkable moments where you get to hear a president in real time struggling through okay, now what do we do? do we retaliate, do we send our planes out to knock out their arial. as it happened kennedy had to reprieve. is a false alarm and the cubans had scrambled but they had been shot down an american plane. to get through those windows and you get this muffled sense o
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